Diane Ravitch says: [The] data-driven focus [of Houston Independent School District's Apollo Program] contains the seed of its own destruction. Talking about tests all the time, doing test prep all the time, making kids take tests that they are not relevant to them and that they are not prepared for.... I was [...]
I agree and disagree with Alexander’s take on David Brook’s New York Times’ Op Ed, Engaged, or Detached? Brooks argues that today we mostly have engaged writers who are less concerned about persuasion than mobilizing people who already agree with them. Show More Summary
The recent discussion about David Brooks' column on "engaged" vs. "detached" writers reminded me that, little more than two years ago, I posted this respectful but critical entry about NYU education historian Diane Ravitch's views about...Show More Summary
I have long believed that Fordham's Mike Petrilli has a balanced view of school reform. Petrilli, like Diane Ravitch, argued that NCLB-type testing should be used for Consumers Report-style transparency, not for high-stakes accountability. Show More Summary
Michelle Rhee is famous - or infamous - for her efforts to reform public schools. So, should we care if her own children attend private schools? The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss and NYU's Diane Ravitch think so, but I doubt it's relevant. Show More Summary
It's not much of a surprise that Michelle Rhee and Diane Ravitch followers don't overlap much, but Klonsky and Cody? They only share 16 percent of the same followers, according to a piece by Mike Petrilli from a little while ago. And Andy Smarick and Jeanne Allen only overlap 24 percent. Show More Summary
When Diane Ravitch announced the formation of her Network for Public Education last week, I was fleetingly optimistic that the group could serve as a useful alternative to existing well-meaning-but-frequently-misguided reform organizations. Show More Summary
Diane Ravitch, the education historian who has become the leader of a national movement opposing corporate-inspired school reform, has formed an advocacy group as a counter to Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst and like-minded organizations that are pushing standardized test-based and other … Continue reading ?
Diane Ravitch's New Group On Wednesday morning, a group of education activists across the country -- including Leonie Haimson, Anthony Cody, and Diane Ravitch, the fierce historian-cum-reform-fighter -- announced the launch of the Network for Public Education. Show More Summary
"Both sides" made objectionable comments after the Newtown massacre, writes Campbell Brown. Right-wing bigots on the one hand, and on the other... Diane Ravitch? For praising heroic teachers? This is "false balance" of the most absurd kind.
Education historian Diane Ravitch, the leading voice in the movement opposing corporate-based school reform, has for several years said she has no definitive opinion on the Common Core State Standards. Now she has come out against them, in this post, … Continue reading ?
Since Diane Ravitch popularized the phrase “Billionaire Boys’ Club,” the chorus of skepticism and outright disapproval of education philanthropy has been growing. Much of the criticism is aimed at coordination and shared agenda priorities among major education philanthropists and federal officials on issues such as Common Core and school choice. Show More Summary
Diane Ravitch is a former school choicer turned union booster and flak. (You can read some past posts about her here.) Earlier this month she vacationed in Cuba and offered her thoughts about the trip on her blog. She found the trapped-in-amber...Show More Summary
While it is fine for the adults to disagree on such issues, we should leave our families, especially our kids, out of it. - Former StudentsFirst communications chief Hari Sevugan, via email, in response to a recent Diane Ravitch blog post in which she named the private school Rhee sent one of her children to in Nashville. Show More Summary
A few weeks ago, reformy types got all excited when Diane Ravitch mentioned that the heroic teachers at Sandy Hook were part of a union. Some of us thought that was significant, since every day brings us a new story about the perfidy of unionized teachers. Show More Summary
"There is no evidence that standards and tests improve school achievement. The money budgeted for standards and tests to enforce the standards should be used to protect children from the effects of poverty." — Professor Stephen Krashen...Show More Summary
"Reformers" are having a field day criticizing Diane Ravitch. Apparently, she had the audacity to not only call teachers from Newtown heroes, but also to mention they were unionized. Therefore, she has a political agenda. Therefore, she's saying that non-union teachers are not heroes. Show More Summary
I've been following a thread on Diane Ravitch's blog about the Common Core standards. This is written by a teacher who was "leary" of the standards. Perhaps this refers to Timothy Leary, who urged us all to turn on, tune in, and drop out. Show More Summary
A reader of Diane Ravitch’s blog (http://dianeravitch.net), December 20, 2012, commented about the amount of detail in the standards:“ (The excessive) amount of detail reduces flexibility, ownership, and increases dependency on publishers and corporation produced curriculum and assessment. Show More Summary
"When you go to doctors, they don’t take all your blood, they only take a sample." — Professor Stephen Krashen Professor Diane Ravitch had a brief comment entitled The True Goals of Education? this morning where a reader suggested a sort of whole child approach based on virtues as opposed to tedious test preparation. Show More Summary